LGBT History Month: The Rising Tide of Change
October 4, 2012 by Maureen McCarty, HRC Associate Director of Digital Media
This October, we commemorate LGBT History Month as an opportunity to not only celebrate how far we’ve come as a community, but to derive strength from our victories as we trudge forward on our journey for full equality.
When the Stonewall Riots broke out in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969 in New York City, no one then could have predicted the spark ignited within the community.
While some dispute whether Stonewall began the LGBT movement, it indisputably unfurled a union within the community under the banner of equality.
Over the next 40 years, LGBT rights organizations opened their doors and took up the mantle across the country, including HRC which since its founding in 1980 has grown to over one million members and supporters.
Hundreds of LGBT pride parades, marches and demonstrations are held across the country in celebration of our community.
Marriage is now a reality for loving and committed same-sex couples in 6 states and Washington, D.C, with 3 more states set to vote on marriage equality this November.
LGBT lawmakers like Tammy Balwin can now serve openly, and straight allied lawmakers are standing on the side of equality, including President Barack Obama, who made history earlier this year as the first president to publically support marriage equality.
It is not the mark of one individual or one moment, but the culmination of our community’s work together that has brought us to this very moment in history.
We must not rest on our laurels, but instead derive strength from the brave individuals who laid the foundation of our movement. This month, we honor those heroes and their contributions to our fight to live open, authentic and equal lives.
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